WWOPF with us!
The Bauernhof Kitsteiner is a proud member of the WWOOF USA effort. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Being that we are Permaculturists and not yet certified “organic”, it is probably more accurate to say we offer a World Wide Opportunity on a Permaculture Farm!
The Bauernhof Kitsteiner is the 96-acre (38 hectare) farm of John Kitsteiner (creator and author of this site), his wife Wendi and their four children ages 2-7. John has a full-time job in the neighboring town, and Wendi homeschools the children. John’s parents also reside on the property. Located in the rolling hills and low mountains of the Ridge-and-Valley Province of eastern Tennessee, along the western edge of the Appalachians bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains, this farm is situated in what used to be the Oak-Chestnut Forest of eastern North America, but after the loss of the American Chestnut, these areas have shifted into an Oak-Hickory-Pine forest system. Approximately 60 acres are woods and 40 acres are pasture.
The Kitsteiners moved to this farm in May of 2015 so this is an opportunity to see Permaculture from the ground up. Currently the family has geese, ducks, pigs, sheep, chickens and guinea fowl. All of these animals require daily chores. In the spring they will be raising Salatin-style broilers and working on their garden. As summer approaches, work will begin on their forest garden. There is always a great need for help with fencing and tree removal as well as various carpentry projects that pop up. Potentially, WWOOFers are welcome all months of the year although obviously things are much busier and the needs are greater outside of winter.
Next to John & Wendi’s home is a garage with an apartment on the second floor. This apartment includes two bedrooms and a shared living room with refrigerator and microwave. One bedroom is for family and friends who come to the farm as guests, and the other room would be for WWOOFers. It is a small room (with the best view on the farm!) and includes one twin bed and basic furniture. There is a rustic but full bathroom in the downstairs section of the garage. WIFI is provided in the apartment.
All meals will be served in the main house. Breakfast and lunch can be made on your own in the main house at your convenience. Dinner will be cooked by Wendi or Grandma, and since we are feeding 9 people every night, picky eaters need not apply! If you like to cook, we’d love to have you help with a dinner now and then.
We are located just over 1 hour from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville which all have a tremendous amount of things to do – culturally and agriculturally. The main “big town” is Greeneville, TN. We are also right at an hour from the tri-cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol.) We are 90 minutes from Asheville, NC.
The Kitsteiners have an extensive Permaculture/agriculture library that will be at your disposal. In addition, John is very familiar with educating and very willing to engage WWOOFers in as much education and learning opportunities as their brains desire.
This farm is in a rural area so without a vehicle, you won’t be able to venture very far from the farm.
A note from John and Wendi:
Of utmost importance to us is the safety of our children. While our children do not run our house, they are an integral part of our community, and we need to know that they are safe and secure with any visitors that come to the farm. There will be strict rules in place in order to protect them at all times, but we hope they get to know you and learn about new people. If you don’t like children, this is NOT the farm for you as we try to include them in much of what we do.
We are a strong Christian family who value (1) Faith, (2) Family, and then (3) Farming. We have lived all over the USA and the world (including Turkey and the Azores, Portugal) and have a great appreciation for people of different faiths and cultures. However, character and respecting our value system is of utmost importance. No smoking, bad language, or drunkenness permitted.
We ask that anyone who wants to come work and live with us come with (1) a good attitude, (2) a willingness to help share the load of chores on the farm, and (3) a willingness to learn. A good sense of humor is also an asset!
If our farm seems like a good fit for you, please contact us with a few paragraphs telling us about yourself and why you think our farm and you would work well together.